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Illegal weapons: Fresh notice to Ramdev’s park for details on guards

Citing technical reasons, the park had replied ‘nil’ to police’s previous notice.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi |
June 1, 2015 2:19:17 am
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The Uttarakhand Police have issued a fresh notice to the management of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Food and Herbal Park, asking it to reveal the identity of the “personal security guards” present there.

The notice was sent days after five revolvers, 12 bore cartridges, gun powder, cane shields and lathis were recovered from the rooms of the “guards” during a search of the 100-acre premises following the May 27 incident at Haridwar’s Padartha village. Police said the guards were mainly “bouncers” hired by the management as part of the park’s internal security cover.

Police said two notices were sent to the management. The first notice was sent two days ago, asking them to reveal the names and addresses of the “personal security guards” hired by the management, since the firearms and ammunition recovered from their rooms were illegal. However, sources said, in response to this notice, the management just said “nil”, citing technical reasons. A fresh notice was sent on Saturday.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, SSP (Haridwar) Sweety Aggarwal said: “After the recovery of the weapons, we sent a notice to the management asking them to give us contact details and other information of these guards.”

A clash had occurred between the truck transporters’ union and securitymen at the food park when the truckers were on their way to a meeting called by police to settle a dispute that had arisen after the management cancelled the union’s contract for supplying the herbal products.

A truck driver, Daljit Singh, had sustained fatal injuries. Among the 11 others injured, one sustained a gun shot wound.

Following the incident, Ramdev’s younger brother Ram Bharat was arrested after he was caught on a CCTV camera “instigating his guards to attack the union members”, police said.

After the management’s response, the police sent another notice stating they were in possession of a register which contained a few names of the guards under the sub-head “Bharat Sena Suraksha Bal”.

“There were some names under the sub-head with their signatures. However, there was a typo when the first notice was sent since the department wrote ‘Bharat Sena Suraksha Dal’. It is possible they responded saying ‘nil’ owing to the error. However, we will continue with our requests. There is absolutely no record of the guards with the government authorities and considering they were in possession of guns and other weapons, we need access to their identities so as to ascertain how they procured the weapons. The only guards whom we have verified are those hired from the agencies locally. This will also give us an idea as to how Ramdev’s younger brother Ram Bharat hired them. As per the information available with us, 80 per cent of these guards are from Haryana,” police said.

Incidentally, as per the video footage recorded by locals, the personal guards, all of whom were not in uniform were seen brandishing their weapons as they went about attacking the union drivers.

Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust general secretary Balkrishna denied the presence of “any such personal guards”. “We have hired guards only from private security agencies. Since, this is a 100-acre premises, there are at least 500 security guards from these agencies. They have licenced weapons. There is no question of hiring any more personal security guards. I am not even aware of this ‘Bharat Sena Suraksha Bal’. When we have such a large contingent of security guards why would we hire any more?”

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